Maddens Lawyer’s Class Actions Department was founded in 1983 following the Ash Wednesday Bushfires. Today, the department continues working for groups of people impacted by fires and other large scale incidents. If you have been the victim of a fire, flood, or other incident that you believe was caused by the negligence of others, please contact us to discuss your options.

For the victims of the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires, Maddens issued more than 400 legal proceedings, obtaining $40 million compensation for those fire victims.

On 7 February 2009 the worst bushfires in Australia’s history, Black Saturday, affected many parts of rural Victoria. A large number of these fires were caused by the assets of electricity distribution companies, giving rise to the victims’ right to seek compensation for what they lost in the fires.

Obtaining this compensation for bushfire victims is expert legal work. Maddens Lawyers has successfully recovered compensation for the victims of four Black Saturday 2009 Bushfires – those that burnt in Coleraine, Horsham, Weerite-Pomborneit and Beechworth-Mudgegonga.

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A forest fire near the town of Pemberton in Western Australia.

2018 Terang/Cobden Fire

Scotsburn bushfire, 19 December 2015, Finns Road, Scotsburn, class action, Maddens Lawyers

2018 Garvoc Fire

Lorne Falls Festival 2016, stampede, injured, Maddens Lawyers

Falls Festival stampede


2017 Coolaroo Recycling Plant Fire

Scotsburn bushfire, 19 December 2015, Finns Road, Scotsburn, class action, Maddens Lawyers

Scotsburn Bushfire

2013 Snake Valley Bushfire, Brendan Pendergast, Class Action, Compensation

2013 Snake Valley Bushfire

Maddens Lawyers, Walla Wall Bushfire, FAQs, burnt out, compensation

Walla Walla Bushfire

Bushfire class action, Maddens Lawyers, Jack River

2013 Lithgow Bushfire

Maddens Lawyers, Class Action, Bushfire Compensation, 2014 Mickleham-Kilmore Bushfire

2014 Mickleham-Kilmore Bushfire